Violin modal analysis – part two: Good vibrations

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In the second of a two-part article from July 2009, Joseph Curtin continues his investigation of the low-frequency resonances that influence a violin’s acoustic behaviour

In 1680, the year that Stradivari moved into his shop on the Piazza San Domenico, the English scientist Robert Hooke dusted a plate of glass with flour and then drew a violin bow across its edge. The bow set the glass into vibration, and the flour migrated to the areas that were moving least, making visible the patterns of vibration in the plate…

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